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Are you struggling with a cover letter? Do you need to communicate complicated information to your staff? Want to get your boss on board with your new project?

Our writing needs to be organized, persuasive and effective. But most important, our writing should be less about “us” and more about the reader.

We’ll begin our workshop with a chat about knowing our audience and helping our reader. Next, we’ll focus on writing clearly and concisely; how can we cut the fluff so our writing is right and tight and easy to understand.

Third, we’ll have a conversation about “writing with grace” and how you can apply this concept to all your writing. Then, we’ll explore tips and templates for different types of writing to help you quickly organize information, making your writing process easier and faster! We’ll talk about:

  • Effective Emails
  • Better Cover Letters
  • The Informational Pattern
  • The Problem-Solution Persuasive Pattern
  • Reader-Friendly Technical Procedures
  • Graciously Grateful Thank-You Notes

We’ll wrap up the workshop with our capstone exercise – the Extreme LEGO™ Game – where we take learning with LEGOs™ to a whole new level!

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Possibly the only certainty in organizational life today is change. Change cannot be avoided.

While leaders may enthusiastically lead the charge for change, they often find themselves looking over their shoulders to discover that no one is following their lead or doing the work necessary to make the change a success.

This session provides leaders with effective organizational change management techniques they can use immediately.

Overcome resistance, communicate awareness, build morale, normalize responses, and manage workplace change successfully and quickly at all levels of transformation.

This workshop offers best practices for managing and leading organizational change and is specifically designed to intervene effortlessly at many different levels of resistance in the change process.

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Icon Meal/Break
Boxed Lunch*
Sienna 
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Registration
Ballroom Prefunction 
12:00pm - 5:30pm
Networking/Social
Opening Session Registration & Cocktails**
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
4:15pm - 5:00pm

Ian Rusk of top industry advisory firm Rusk O’Brien Gido will examine the current outlook for the overall AEC marketplace, including the latest economic indicators and projections, which geographical regions are hot, and which are not, and which markets are best positioned for growth. Ian will present data from a variety of sources, including what recent merger & acquisition activity and public AEC stock pricing trends tells us about the market outlook.

With the data at the forefront of everyone’s mind, SMPS CEO Michael Geary will moderate a discussion with industry leaders who are successfully implementing strategies that capitalize on opportunities. How can marketers and business developers help their companies bridge the gap between the data and trends to position the company for advancement, growth, and success?

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Networking/Social
Welcome Reception**
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
7:00pm - 8:00pm

7:30am - 5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

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8:00am - 8:30am

Networking with Coffee

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8:30am - 10:00am

Breakfast + MERGE Moment: The Habits of High-Performance Firms

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For over 20 years the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards have recognized architecture firms who have completed projects that employ the latest innovations in sustainable design to create the highest performance buildings. Studying these firms reveals several common traits related to their specialization, size, location, staff, and age. These findings support the idea that there is a connection between great, sustainable projects and overall firm excellence.

In this Merge Moment, Lance Hosey, author of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design and Chair of Design Excellence with Harley Ellis Devereaux, explores the key firm characteristics that drive success as derived from AIA COTE’s most recent study, The Habits of High-Performance Firms. From culture and recruiting, to brand and business development, Lance will dig deep on the takeaways from the study, and share the committee’s top ten lessons for any firm looking to earn the title of “High-Performing Firm.”

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10:15am - 11:00am

Breakout 1A

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10:15am - 11:00am

Breakout 1B

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11:00am - 11:15am

Break

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Breakout 2A

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Breakout 2B

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12:00pm -1:45pm

Lunch Around

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1:45pm - 3:00pm

MERGE Moment: Start Showing. Quit Telling.

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We’re splendid at telling people we’re wonderful, better and different. We write case studies. We gather testimonials. We’re pumping out videos like Hollywood producers. But what if we made our actions speak louder than words? But what if we stopped telling people how great we are, and we started showing them?

Amazing things happen when smart businesses create intelligent customer experiences. Experiences that look more like a five-star concierge than a manufacturer?

In this refreshing hour-long presentation, author and marketing executive Carla Johnson will teach us the five secrets smart businesses use to turn hollow marketing promises into remarkable customer experiences. You’ll learn how to create amazing interactions that inspire your prospects at every touch point. She’ll show you how to create a customer-first marketing mindset. You’ll walk away ready to deliver unique interactions that show buyers you mean business.

It’s time to start showing people we’re different.

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3:15pm - 4:00pm

Breakout 3A

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3:15pm - 4:00pm

Breakout 3B

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4:00pm - 4:15pm

Break

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4:15pm - 5:00pm

Breakout 4A

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4:15pm - 5:00pm

Breakout 4B

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6:00pm - 10:00pm

Reception at Bar Vasquez**

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* Add On to Full Conference Registration or as Stand Alone Registration
** Included in Full Conference Registration & as a Stand Alone Registration

 
 
Location
Time
Exhibit Hall Open
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
7:30am - 5:00pm
Icon Meal/Break
Networking with Coffee
 
8:00am - 8:30am
More +
Grand Ballroom 
8:30am - 10:00am

For over 20 years the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards have recognized architecture firms who have completed projects that employ the latest innovations in sustainable design to create the highest performance buildings. Studying these firms reveals several common traits related to their specialization, size, location, staff, and age. These findings support the idea that there is a connection between great, sustainable projects and overall firm excellence.

In this Merge Moment, Lance Hosey, author of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design and Chair of Design Excellence with Harley Ellis Devereaux, explores the key firm characteristics that drive success as derived from AIA COTE’s most recent study, The Habits of High-Performance Firms. From culture and recruiting, to brand and business development, Lance will dig deep on the takeaways from the study, and share the committee’s top ten lessons for any firm looking to earn the title of “High-Performing Firm.”

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Breakout 1A
Cobalt I 
10:15am - 11:00am
Breakout 1B
Cobalt II 
10:15am - 11:00am
Icon Meal/Break
Break
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
11:00am - 11:15am
Breakout 2A
Cobalt I 
11:15am - 12:00pm
Breakout 2B
Cobalt II 
11:15am - 12:00pm
Icon Meal/Break
Lunch Around
Off Site Venue 
12:00pm -1:45pm
More +
Grand Ballroom 
1:45pm - 3:00pm

We’re splendid at telling people we’re wonderful, better and different. We write case studies. We gather testimonials. We’re pumping out videos like Hollywood producers. But what if we made our actions speak louder than words? But what if we stopped telling people how great we are, and we started showing them?

Amazing things happen when smart businesses create intelligent customer experiences. Experiences that look more like a five-star concierge than a manufacturer?

In this refreshing hour-long presentation, author and marketing executive Carla Johnson will teach us the five secrets smart businesses use to turn hollow marketing promises into remarkable customer experiences. You’ll learn how to create amazing interactions that inspire your prospects at every touch point. She’ll show you how to create a customer-first marketing mindset. You’ll walk away ready to deliver unique interactions that show buyers you mean business.

It’s time to start showing people we’re different.

Presenter

Breakout 3A
Cobalt I 
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Breakout 3B
Cobalt I 
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Icon Meal/Break
Break
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
4:00pm - 4:15pm
Breakout 4A
Cobalt I 
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Breakout 4B
Cobalt II 
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Networking/Social
Reception at Bar Vasquez**
Bar Vasquez 
6:00pm - 10:00pm

7:30am - 5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Synopsis

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8:00am - 8:30am

Networking with Coffee

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8:30am - 10:00am

Breakfast + MERGE Moment: The Habits of High-Performance Firms

Synopsis

For over 20 years the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards have recognized architecture firms who have completed projects that employ the latest innovations in sustainable design to create the highest performance buildings. Studying these firms reveals several common traits related to their specialization, size, location, staff, and age. These findings support the idea that there is a connection between great, sustainable projects and overall firm excellence.

In this Merge Moment, Lance Hosey, author of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design and Chair of Design Excellence with Harley Ellis Devereaux, explores the key firm characteristics that drive success as derived from AIA COTE’s most recent study, The Habits of High-Performance Firms. From culture and recruiting, to brand and business development, Lance will dig deep on the takeaways from the study, and share the committee’s top ten lessons for any firm looking to earn the title of “High-Performing Firm.”

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10:15am - 11:00am

Breakout 1A

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10:15am - 11:00am

Breakout 1B

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11:00am - 11:15am

Break

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Breakout 2A

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Breakout 2B

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12:00pm -1:45pm

Lunch Around

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1:45pm - 3:00pm

MERGE Moment: Start Showing. Quit Telling.

Synopsis

We’re splendid at telling people we’re wonderful, better and different. We write case studies. We gather testimonials. We’re pumping out videos like Hollywood producers. But what if we made our actions speak louder than words? But what if we stopped telling people how great we are, and we started showing them?

Amazing things happen when smart businesses create intelligent customer experiences. Experiences that look more like a five-star concierge than a manufacturer?

In this refreshing hour-long presentation, author and marketing executive Carla Johnson will teach us the five secrets smart businesses use to turn hollow marketing promises into remarkable customer experiences. You’ll learn how to create amazing interactions that inspire your prospects at every touch point. She’ll show you how to create a customer-first marketing mindset. You’ll walk away ready to deliver unique interactions that show buyers you mean business.

It’s time to start showing people we’re different.

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3:15pm - 4:00pm

Breakout 3A

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3:15pm - 4:00pm

Breakout 3B

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4:00pm - 4:15pm

Break

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4:15pm - 5:00pm

Breakout 4A

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4:15pm - 5:00pm

Breakout 4B

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6:00pm - 10:00pm

Reception at Bar Vasquez**

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* Add On to Full Conference Registration or as Stand Alone Registration
** Included in Full Conference Registration & as a Stand Alone Registration

 
 
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Icon Meal/Break
Breakfast
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
8:00am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall Open
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
8:00am - 2:00pm
More +
Grand Ballroom 
9:00am - 10:00am

Effectively overcome the overwhelm. Emilie Aries, Founder of Bossed Up and co-host of the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast, will demonstrate how burnout affects men and women differently and review the research behind the business case for sustainable success. She’ll then share tips and tricks for implementing cognitive strategies for effective multiple, long-term goal pursuit, designed specifically to address the pitfalls women and minorities often face.

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Breakout 5A
Cobalt I 
10:15am - 11:00am
Breakout 5B
Cobalt II 
10:15am - 11:00am
Icon Meal/Break
Break
Grand Ballroom Pre Function 
11:00am - 11:15am
Breakout 6A
Cobalt I 
11:15am - 12:00pm
Breakout 6B
Cobalt II 
11:15am - 12:00pm
Icon Meal/Break
Lunch
Grand Ballroom 
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Closing + MERGE Moment: What Now? Focus on Tomorrow’s Progress
Grand Ballroom 
12:45pm - 2:00pm

8:00am - 9:00am

Breakfast

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8:00am - 2:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

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9:00am - 10:00am

MERGE Moment: Beat Burnout: Invest in Sustainable Success

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Effectively overcome the overwhelm. Emilie Aries, Founder of Bossed Up and co-host of the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast, will demonstrate how burnout affects men and women differently and review the research behind the business case for sustainable success. She’ll then share tips and tricks for implementing cognitive strategies for effective multiple, long-term goal pursuit, designed specifically to address the pitfalls women and minorities often face.

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10:15am - 11:00am

Breakout 5A

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10:15am - 11:00am

Breakout 5B

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11:00am - 11:15am

Break

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Breakout 6A

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11:15am - 12:00pm

Breakout 6B

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12:00pm - 12:45pm

Lunch

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